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Ten Best Blues Gigs

1. BB KING, June 29, 2000, London Apollo

“This song is about picking cotton. Some of you have probably never seen cotton. Most of you have probably never even worn it…”

2. TAJ MAHAL, June 6, 1999, Chicago Blues Festival

Old rascal on fine form.

3. HOMESICK JAMES, June 3, 1999, Chicago Blues Festival

One of the originals sitting down in a tent. A privilege.

4. HONEYBOY EDWARDS, June 4, 1999, Chicago Blues Festival

Like having him play on your porch to twenty or so people.

5. BO DIDDLEY, June 4 1999, House of Blues, Chicago

The full works. Ballsy noises from his legendary oblong guitar.

6. BUDDY GUY, May 5, 2004, New Orleans Jazziest

Another old rascal on rip roaring form, and covered in dots.

7. CHUCK BERRY, February 24, 1995, Clapham Grand

The original in full flow.

8. TONY JOE WHITE, November 18, 2000, Hard Rock Café, Memphis

Seedy bar experience at the Memphis blues festival.

9. HUBERT SUMLIN, June 27, 2002, Borderline

An object lesson from Howlin’ Wolf’s guitarist.

10. SEASICK STEVE, March 25, 2007, Borderline

Before anyone really knew who he was. Great raconteur, and only three strings on his guitar.

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